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Distracted Driving

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Injury Attorney Steven J. Malman

Chicago Truck Accidents Due to Distracted Driving

distracted truck driver Illinois law forbids distracted driving. But what exactly is “distracted driving”? While that term could refer to shaving in the mirror while driving, it normally refers to the use of some electronic device. Although distracted driving laws keep getting stricter, for the moment the rules in Chicago are as follows:

  • Texting and driving is forbidden
  • Talking on a hand-held phone is allowed except in construction zones and school zones
  • Talking on a hands-free device is legal for most drivers, even in construction zones and school zones.
  • Bus drivers and drivers under 19 are not allowed to use electronic devices while driving, even if they are hand-held.

Negligence Per Se and Chicago Truck Accident Claims

Many states follow “negligence per se” rules. Under these rules a violation of a safety statute is considered automatic negligence. In Illinois, however, a violation of a safety statute such as distracted driving is considered evidence of negligence. This means a court can decide that the violation did not add up to negligence under the circumstances of the accident. That rarely happens to our clients.

The Malman Law Track Record

Winning a truck accident claim can be tricky, especially when you are filing a claim against a stubborn insurance company that will be on the hook for a large sum if your claim succeeds. That doesn’t bother us here at Malman Law – we have been winning truck accident claims on behalf of our Chicago clients for decades now.

  • We win 95 percent of the time
  • We have served over 15,000 clients
  • Our clients have won over $200,000,000 due over the years
  • We settle out of court 95 percent of the time

Client Testimonial

“If anyone has a problem and is in need of help, call Malman Law. At Malman Law you are not just a client, you are part of the family.” – Donyell G

Some Related Practice Areas

We handle all different types of truck accidents, including:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I handle my claim on my own if I plan to settle out of court?

You certainly have the constitutional right to do so. However, it is not a good idea if your claim is sizeable. Insurance company negotiators carry a bag of a thousand tricks, such as:

  • Encouraging you to give a recorded statement and then asking you trick questions

  • Issuing a “lowball offer” while you are still in the hospital

  • Monitoring your social media accounts

That’s three down, 997 to go. Call Malman Law today.

What makes truck accidents more dangerous than ordinary car accidents?

An 18-wheeler truck weighs far more that the average automobile and carries up to thirty times as much momentum. Truck accidents often lead to long-term debilitation, and the death rate is shockingly high.

Do I have a claim if my loved one died in a truck accident?

The Illinois wrongful death act allows the personal representative of the deceased victim’s probate estate to file a wrongful death claim in favor of the estate, spouse, parents, and children of the victim. Once estate costs are covered, damages from a wrongful death lawsuit are divided among next of kin – although not necessarily in equal amounts.

What types of damages might I be eligible for?

Damages can be classified as follows:

  • Economic damages – Tangible losses such as medical bills and lost work time.

  • Non-Economic damages – Intangible losses such as pain and suffering.

  • Punitive Damages – Awarded, if at all, in addition to economic and non-economic damages. Most personal injury claims do not qualify for punitive damages, and Illinois does not allow punitive damages in wrongful death cases.

If You Don’t Win, We Won’t Bill You

As noted above, we win 95 percent of our clients’ claims. This gives us the flexibility to bill you on a conditional basis – if we don’t win your claim, you won’t be receiving a bill from us. We don’t mean we will issue a refund. We mean that you will never pay us anything in the first place. That’s our Zero Fee Guarantee.

Don’t Delay – Truck Accident Cases are Time-Sensitive

We serve clients throughout Chicago, from Rogers Park all the way down to the Far Southeast Side and beyond. Call Malman Law today at 1-888-836-5975, or fill out our online form to schedule a time to discuss your case free of charge. We have someone available 24/7, and we will even come to the hospital to meet you if need be.

Firm Awards & Recognitions

Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

  • Top Attorneys Diamond Member

  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

Client Review

  • "I'm very pleased to recommend Malman Law to my friends and relatives! I have to mention how efficient and professional in dealing with my case has been with everyone that I've been in contact with at Malman Law. Mrs. Sabo is outstanding as well as her secretary and assistant in responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. This firm has gone above and beyond to keep me updated and get answers to my questions at any time, weekends included! Malman Law rules in my opinion! "

    - Cheryl Wagemann
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